Platja de Ses Illetes - Formentera
If the flour-white sands of the Caribbean are just a little bit too far out of your price range, then why not head for the more affordably priced (but no less blissed-out) island of Formentera. It’s the tiny laid-back sister island to Ibiza, and there’s a daily ferry that sails between the two. Contrary to its party-all-night sibling, Formentara has a much slower pace of life and is the perfect place for clubbers to recuperate. The water is crystal-clear, and the sandy white shores stretch as far as the eye can see. Dotted along the beach are tiny little restaurants offering cold beers, tapas, and cocktails to sip while you top up your tan. Trust us, you’ll never want to leave.
Las Salinas - Ibiza
Then, of course, there’s Ibiza itself, slightly busier than Formentera but not without its own impressive stretches of coastline. Las Salinas is a beach to see and be seen at. Just 10 minutes from Ibiza town and 20 minutes from the airport, you can whip your bikini on from the moment you land. Named after the salt lakes of Southern Ibiza, Las Salinas is a long, wide crescent of soft sand encircled with lush pine forests and turquoise waters. Exclusive (if a little overpriced) bars play chill-out beats, and the young and the beautiful saunter up and down the shore, cocktails in hand. If daytime beach partying is not quite enough to sate your appetite then from yachts to villas there are plenty more ways to party Ibizan style in your hottest outfits. Summer has well and truly arrived.
Cala Xarraca - Ibiza
If you’re here in Ibiza to unwind rather than party, Les Salinas might be a bit too much for you. Further up the coast and four kilometres away from the northern town of Portinatx, Cala Xarraca is a true Ibizian hideaway. Surrounded by rocky outcrops, rich-green forests and bluer-than-blue water; it’s the idea place for a spot of snorkelling. With warm waters, cerulean skies and plenty of natural mud baths, it really is a little slice of paradise. And the perfect place to relax before retreating to one of the White Isle’s gorgeous places to stay. Please, someone, take us there now...
Macarella - Menorca
Those who want to be far from the madding crowds should head for the turquoise idylls of the stunning archipelago of Menorca. The second largest member of the Balearic Islands (and the least developed of them all) it has rolling fields, deep forests and rocky ravines, the island is also home to some breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Our pick of the bunch is the heavenly Macarella – which has the calmest sea we’ve ever seen. And its smaller (equally beautiful) sister beach, the blissful Macarelleta cove. Both bays are enclosed by limestone cliffs and sheltered by steep hillsides, tall pine trees and holm oaks. Whether it's a summer getaway or pushing into autumn the beaches here maintain a balmy temperature, even in the winter months.
Portals Vells - Mallorca
Despite its reputation for the Only Way is Essex-style hen and stag parties, there are many parts of Mallorca that are completely unspoilt. Think beaches with azure waters, coral, fresh saltwater pools, golden sands and cloudless skies. This is picture-postcard beauty at its best. It’s also a boat-lovers paradise, with plenty of yachts mooring around the cove. Come nightfall take sun-drenched limbs up to the verdant Tramuntana Mountains for an indulgent stay at la Posada del Marques. It's the sort of holiday dreams are made of.
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